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Frankenstein and The Monk
Transcript of Frankenstein and The Monk
A Comparison Characters The Monk: Ambrosio
Agnes Antonia Victor Frankenstein The Monster Elizabeth Henry Clerval Themes revealed
Victor and Amrosio Passion Love Fall from grace Loss Guilt Depression Self Destruction Gothic Novel Romance
tragic hero supernatural events dramatic architecture question goodness of humanity evokes terror explores the nightmare under the surface of the "civilized" mind The Essay Both Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and The Monk, by Matthew Lewis, have characters who reveal the theme of love and loss, as well as protagonists that fall from grace, despite the different intentions of the antagonists. Love and Loss Fall from grace Antagonist's intentions Similarites: Difference: Love and Loss Elizabeth/Victor Lorenzo/Antonia Fall from grace Victor Ambrosio Intentions of Antagonist Matilda The Monster “guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal” (Gallozzi). “A certain amount of guilt guarantees our control over wild, primitive feelings that might be destructive to ourselves and others,” (Freeman and Stream 3). Some say guilt is essential in that it is, “part of our psychic survival” (Freeman and Stream 3). Often, one may attempt to, “shed guilt,” or “shift” the blame (Croucher). VICTOR! THE MONK! Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
- Barbara De Angelis
p.s. This was a great novel and I highly recommend it!
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Freeman, Lucy, and Herbert S. Strean. Guilt: Letting Go. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1988.
Gallozzi, Chuck. "Coping with Guilt." Personal Development. 12 Apr. 2010. <www.personal-development.com/chuck/guilt.htm >.
Lewis, Matthew. The Monk. New York: Penguin Group, 2003. Print.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. New York: Bantam Classic, 2010. Print.